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8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School

<a href="/articles/8-ideas-helping-your-child-settle-into-school">8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School</a>

For some parents, it’s one of the hardest goodbyes – the day when you leave your five year old at primary school for the first time. It’s no easier when friends gloat about how well prepared their child was, and tell you all the tricks and hints they used to get them used to the idea of ‘big school’...Following are 8 tips to help your child settle at primary school – each of these alone or together will help you and your child ease into the new experience... Read full article

Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/03/07/finding-friends-can-sometimes-mean-losing-friends">Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends</a>

Are there any kids at your school that you’re glad your own children aren’t friends with? Do you keep an eagle-eye on the friends your child does make and, well, judge the friend just a little bit? Carol Duncan reminds her boys how to make, keep, and sometimes let go of, friends. Read full article

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-your-child-make-friends">How to Help Your Child Make Friends</a>

Most parents worry about whether their child has enough friends or the right friends at school. Margie Sheedy writes about the important skill of making friends and shares some tips from Dr John Irvine. Read full article

Social Skills for Starting Primary School

<a href="/articles/social-skills-for-starting-primary-school">Social Skills for Starting Primary School</a>

Helping your child to develop the personal strengths and social skills they need to survive the transition to primary school. Julia Richardson talks to an experience pre-school teacher and outlines some tips to help your child meet the challenge of starting primary school. Read full article

Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict

<a href="/articles/coaching-kids-to-overcome-playground-conflict">Coaching Kids to Overcome Playground Conflict</a>

If your child is getting a hard time in the school or preschool playground, don’t despair. This article shares some ways to help conquer the conflict and build their self-esteem at the same time. Five steps to help your child solve problems in the playground. Read full article